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Ampleforth Abbey, Ampleforth

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Ampleforth Abbey is a monastery of Benedictine Monks a mile to the east of Ampleforth, North Yorkshire, England, part of the English Benedictine Congregation. It claims descent from the pre-Reformation community at Westminster Abbey through the last surviving monk from Westminster Sigebert Buckley (c. 1520 - c. 1610). The current Abbot is Fr. Cuthbert Madden, and the Prior is Fr Terence Richardson.HistoryThe Abbey was founded in a house given to Father Anselm Bolton by The Honorable Anne Fairfax, daughter of Charles Gregory Fairfax, 9th Viscount Fairfax of Emley. This house was taken over by Dr. Brewer, President of the Congregation, 30 July 1802. The community, since leaving Dieulouard in Lorraine, where its members had joined with Spanish and Cassinese Benedictines to form the monastery of St Laurence, had been successively at Acton Burnell, Tranmere, Scholes, Vernon Hall, and Parbold Hall, under its superior Dr. Marsh.
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  • The visitor centre, the tea rooms, the crypt, the grounds in fact every part of the estate is worth visiting. A truly beautiful and calm place to go. It's history is very interesting. It's cider brand...  more »
  • A very historic site. Wonderful buildings in superb grounds. The main chapel is magnificent. A great place for food and gifts as well.  more »
  • Having had the 'Quiet Day' booked on my behalf and the accommodation with en-suite arranged, I arrived in time for the Saturday morning mass. It really did take my breath away and set me up for the re...  more »
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  • We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Abbey as our trip was arranged around a mini pilgramage. Coming from Australia, the Abbey provided perfect time to relect, time out,spiritual development and enter somewhat into the life of the Benedictine Rule.It has given us a new perspective on their life. Incredibly welcoming and inspiring. Certainly,we are sure our own lives will take on a different outlook on returning home. We hope to return ,maybe next year.as we travel every year,to appreciate even more fully the ambience of Ampleforth. We met some lovely people,each with their own life experience which enriched our own life. What a blessing. May you continue you extraordinary work to those from all over the world and realize that even in Australia you will be prayed for.Teresa and Patrick L.
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